Coach John Carroll - John is USMS Level 2 Certified and has completed American Red Cross Lifeguard, First Aid, CPR and AED training. When not coaching, he swims with the team.
John swam for University High School and Illinois State University. He is married to Val and they have two adult children, Robert and Lauren, who both competed in swimming through their high school years. The family relocated to Salem, Oregon in the 1980s where John had his first exposure to masters swimming. He also swam with teams in Birmingham, Alabama, and Charlottesville, Virginia, before being relocated back to Bloomington/Normal.
John loves working with new swimmers who haven’t experienced competitive swimming or structured practices. Many of these new swimmers are triathletes looking to improve times in their swim portion of the event. From this aspect of coaching, John enjoys the challenge of teaching the proper technique and completing organized swim practices that will generally get results for a new swimmer.
In addition to coaching the masters swim team, John is the director for the annual Spring Classic masters swim meet at IWU and the annual Central Illinois Open Water Swim (CIOWS) at Evergreen Lake in Comlara Park. He also helps Illinois Wesleyan University’s swim team during their home swimming and diving meets.
Coach Scott Clegg -Scott's been a coach with our team since 2007 and has over 35 years of coaching experience with swimmers of all ages. In addition to coaching masters, he is a coach with the local YMCA Waves age group swim team.
Scott is from Dana, Illinois, where he swam competitively for the Streator YMCA. While attending the University of Illinois he walked-on to the varsity swim team and also served as the team manager. He graduated from the U of I with a degree in Ag Economics and is a tutor and substitute high school teacher in math. He and his spouse Kristin have two children and three dogs.
Scott is excellent at analyzing and correcting stroke mechanical errors. He works hard to help masters swimmers meet their goals.
Coach Miranda Henson - Miranda is an experience swimming coach and teacher. She is a K-5th grade special ed teacher at Parkside Elementary and is the assistant girls swimming coach at Normal West High School. She has also coached swimming and other sports for Special Olympics at S.O.A.R. where she's helped Team Illinois at national events.
Miranda swims with the team when not coaching and has achieved two top ten times in USMS swimming.
Miranda likes swimming with others who have similar goals and push each other to achieve those goals. As a coach, she likes to help swimmers be better and more efficient while having a great time!
Coach Joe Kinkade - Coming soon!
Coach Kevin McCarthy - Kevin is the owner and founder of Path Performance, a performance coaching and consulting group. He specializes in coaching individuals and organizations to create greater personal and professional performance and vitality. Kevin has been coaching runners, cyclists, swimmers and triathletes for 27 years. In the past 37 years Kevin has completed over 300 triathlons and hundreds of run, bike and swim events.
In addition to his work with Path Performance, Kevin serves on the Advisory Council for the department of Kinesiology and Recreation at Illinois State University, is the Diving Coach at Illinois Wesleyan University, operates the Tri-Shark Classic Triathlon & Duathlon and directs Tri-Shark Classic Pups Beginner Triathlete program.
Kevin achieved a Master of Science degree in Exercise Science and completed executive coach training with Lore International Institute – A Korn/Ferry Company. Kevin also consults in mental skills training for greater performance.
- USA Triathlon Certified Coach
- Over 40 years of swim instruction
- Over 25 years of Endurance Coaching experience
- 300+ athletes personally coached
- 400+ athletes group coached
- 175+ Ironman finishes coached
- Over 35 years of multi-sport racing